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Scottish households offered free thermal insulation

Around 300 households in East Lothian are to be offered free loft and cavity wall insulation as part of a partnership between Energy Saving Scotland and BeGreen Dunbar, according to reports.

Residents will be offered the home improvements on a first come, first served basis, the East Lothian Courier said.

BeGreen Dunbar - which is backing the programme with £30,000 of its own funds - and Energy Saving Scotland will run a fast-track service that will allow households to book a no-obligation insulation survey.

Details about how to get in touch with the organisations to make an appointment will be posted to properties in the area over the next few weeks, the newspaper added.

East Lothian Council leader Paul McLennan said: "With rising fuel prices and talks of budget cuts, there has never been a better time for householders to take advantage of any grant assistance to improve the insulation levels in their homes."

The news comes after Aberdeen City Council and the Scottish government announced plans to upgrade the insulation in around 8,700 houses and flats.